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HANUKKAH (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) in 2019?

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) in 2019 is on the Monday, 23rd of Dec (12/23/2019).

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) is on the 357th day of 2019. There are 8 days left in the year.

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Dec 23, 2019
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Chanukah, Chanukkah, Chanuka, Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication
  • Celebrations: Lighting Candles on the Menorah, Gift exchange
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Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights and the Feast of Dedication celebrated by the Jewish community all over the world. This festival takes place in December every year right around the same time that Christmas is celebrated for non-Jewish Christians. The festival lasts for eight nights where a candle is lit every night on a menorah hence being given the name the festival of lights. The literal meaning of Hanukkah is to dedicate. The Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple on that day.

There is series of rituals performed by the Jews during these eight days of the Hanukkah festival. Some of them are family based and some are collective. There are significant addends to the daily prayer and an additional prayer is added on to the blessing after a meal. It is different from other rituals because there is no special celebration where Jewish people are able to get off of work. Jewish people go to their work as usual but typically leave work early to light the candles before nightfall. Because of the fact that this is not considered as one of the primarily religious holidays schools typically do not close. In Israel school remains closed from day two of the festival through to the last day of Hanukkah.

Over the course of this eight day festival many families give each family member and even friends one gift per night. Additionally, people eat an abundance of friend food during this time to celebrate the important role oil plays during Hanukkah celebration. There are three kinds of blessings which are recited throughout this eight day festival. There is a particular procedure of their recitation. On the first day all of three blessings are recited. On the next night they recite only two and so on.

There are other ways that Hanukkah is celebrated depending on what part of the world you live in. For some families, they may sing Hanukkah songs instead of lighting candles on the menorah. Other activities that families often do together for Hanukkah, are making baked goods such as pastries, cookies and other traditional Jewish food and playing games with a dreidle, which is a wooden octagon shaped "top" that has certain Jewish related symbols. Depending on the symbol that shows up when you spin it and it stops you have a specific action to do. This is a favourite amongst children in the Jewish faith.

Hanukkah (Jewish Festival) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Dec 09, 2012
  • Sun
  • Dec 16, 2012
  • Thu
  • Nov 28, 2013
  • Thu
  • Dec 05, 2013
  • Wed
  • Dec 17, 2014
  • Wed
  • Dec 24, 2014
  • Mon
  • Dec 07, 2015
  • Sun
  • Dec 25, 2016
  • Wed
  • Dec 13, 2017
  • Mon
  • Dec 03, 2018

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 31, 2018Jan 31Tu Bishvat
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01Purim
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Shushan Purim
SaturdaySatMar 31, 2018Mar 31Passover - First Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02Passover - Second Day
FridayFriApr 06, 2018Apr 06Passover - Final Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yom Hashoah
WednesdayWedApr 18, 2018Apr 18Yom HaZikaron
ThursdayThuApr 19, 2018Apr 19Yom HaAtzma'ut
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03Lag BaOmer
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13Yom Yerushalayim
SundaySunMay 20, 2018May 20Shavuot (1st day)
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21Shavuot
SundaySunJul 22, 2018Jul 22Tisha B'Av
MondayMonSep 10, 2018Sep 10Rosh HaShanah Starts
TuesdayTueSep 11, 2018Sep 11Rosh HaShanah Ends
WednesdayWedSep 12, 2018Sep 12Fast of Gedaliah
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Yom Kippur
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Sukkot Starts
SundaySunSep 30, 2018Sep 30Sukkot Ends
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01Shemini Atzeret
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Simhat Torah
MondayMonDec 03, 2018Dec 03Hanukkah Starts
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Hanukkah Ends